Minneapolis - Today, leading environmental watchdog, ForestEthics, released a detailed exposé & series of infographics exposing 3M Company’s (NYSE:MMM) environmental destruction worldwide. 3M does not provide chain-of-custody sourcing information for any of its products. In order to discover the truth behind 3M’s practices, ForestEthics invested hundreds of hours researching the sourcing of some of 3M’s most ubiquitous products.
From Post-it Notes to sponges to masking tape, 3M is linked to deforestation around the world, including in the United States, Canada, Russia and the Baltic States, Scandinavia, Brazil, and Indonesia.
“3M's approach to forestry is irresponsible, extremely destructive, and completely out of line with what today’s consumers expect,” said Jim Ace of ForestEthics. “Post-it notes with no recycled content, sandpaper that comes from endangered caribou habitat, and sponges that are linked to human rights violations have no place on the shelves of the 21st century. 3M has put its brand at risk by sourcing paper from controversial sources."
Among the findings:
“Strong sourcing policies from companies like Kimberly Clark and Mattel prove there’s no need to buy pulp and paper from forest destroyers," said Dr. Amy Moas, Greenpeace Senior Forest Campaigner. “3M's irresponsible choices not only threaten some of the world’s most precious forests, but also risk the company's reputation and integrity.”
Click here for more information on ForestEthics’ campaign challenging 3M to improve its environmental practices and drop the use of the misleading SFI label.
ForestEthics protects forests and wild places so that the people and wildlife that depend on them can thrive. We achieve this by challenging and motivating corporations and governments, creating breakthrough solutions, partnering with indigenous peoples, and inspiring citizen action.